I have two questions!
1. I have a 10 month old little boy who bites me (hard and pulls away with seven little teeth) when I try to nurse him during the day. He will only nurse when I put him to bed and throughout the night. Ideas? Should I just let him wean himself?

2. As a result of the above, my milk supply is down to less than eight ounces a day when I pump. Is there any way to increase my supply at this point?


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First of all, you can't judge your milk supply off of what you pump. Most women will not get nearly as much from a pump vs. what a baby can remove from the breast. the biting most likely is teething or gas... You can increase milk by pumping AFTER you nurse, and taking blessed thistle and fenugreek will hel,these herbs that increase milk supply, as long as you are not allergic to either herb. Lots of rest and water also help!! Good luck!

Margarett the Oklahoma Midwife

Great breastfeeding information!!!
Thank you! I have Mothers Milk tincture (with fenugreek and blessed thistle) and will try taking it more consistently.

I've heard that babies can get more milk than can be pumped. My problem is that he won't nurse during the day and I've been at work full time since he was three months old. I'd been pumping regularly until I was on spring break with him and decided to try to have him nurse that week instead of pumping. The following week when I returned to work I was able to pump only about 2/3 of what I was able to pump the week before break. My supply has steadily declined since then. In March I was able to pump about 18 oz during the day and he would nurse at night. Now I can only pump 3-8 oz in a day. Is that normal to taper off so quickly?



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